Aguero Picks Messi For Ballon d’Or Title.

15th May, 2019

Lionel Messi got another “golden feather” added to his cap a few hours back as yet another soccer star has come out to proclaim him as the current best football player in the world.

That person is none other Sergio Aguero who has come out to publicly back Messi to be crowned as the next Ballon d’Or title winner.

A good number of people were actually surprised when Manchester City striker Aguero, addressing a question in front of gathered media, indicated the next Ballon d’Or winner has “to be in the Champions League [final]”.

That was however not to be for Lionel Messi, a five-time recipient, as he painfully fell one step short of Europe’s showpiece stage with Barcelona giving up a three-goal advantage in losing 4-3 on aggregate to Liverpool in the semi-finals.

Messi somehow controversially finished fifth in the voting for the Ballon d’Or last year and Aguero took to social media to further explain why he thinks his Argentina team-mate deserves the honour in 2019.

“I don’t enjoy having to clarify my statements – but when I’m quoted for things I haven’t said, it must be done,” Aguero said in a Twitter post.

“I’ll spell it out then. No one other than Messi will be my pick for the Ballon d’Or as long as he keeps on playing – particularly if he plays like he did this season.

“The question put forward to me was whether I should win the award myself this year.

“My reply was that I should have reached the [Champions League] final if I wished to deserve it. Couldn’t be clearer, and there shouldn’t have been room for misinterpretation.”

It is worthy of note that Messi and Aguero have both won their various domestic league titles this season, with Barcelona retaining their LaLiga crown and City finishing a point above Liverpool in the Premier League.